Najib's first open house as PM a huge success

Sunday, September 20, 2009

PUTRAJAYA: Hosting his first open house as prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak was visibly pleased with the way things turned out.

“This is my first time as host. My wife and I had to do a lot more in terms of preparation. I had to plan the open house and ensure that visitors did not have difficulty in coming here and meeting cabinet members,” he said this afternoon.

Najib said based on what he had been hearing from his aides all day, the open house had proceeded smoothly and visitors had expressed happiness with the arrangements.

He noted that the Information, Communications, Arts and Culture Ministry had also contributed in making the open house a success.

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were pleasantly surprised when more than 50,000 people braved the rain to wish them a “Selamat Hari Raya” at the Seri Perdana.

Najib's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was pleasantly surprised when more than 50,000 people braved the rain to wish her and her husband a “Selamat Hari Raya” at the Seri Perdana here.

“I was apprehensive before the open house as I thought many would decide not to come with the influenza A (H1N1) outbreak and the fact that Putrajaya is just too far away for most,” she said.

Rosmah, who barely had time to grab a quick bite, spent the first day of the Raya celebrations meeting and greeting the throngs of people visiting them from 10.30am up to 3pm.

“I personally had a hand organising the entire event and I wanted to make sure everyone was in the mood to fiesta, which is why we had festive music playing all over the gardens and the tents over the residence.”

She was also touched that the crowed consisted of people of all races and religions and all levels of social background.

“It is a beautiful thing to see even people of the opposition party visit today and put aside their differences to unite and celebrate.” - NST


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